Jennings leaves game with mild ankle sprain

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game against the Phillies due to a mild sprain of his left ankle.

Jennings singled to left in the top of the third and went to second on left fielder Domonic Brown's error. He injured his ankle while pulling into second.

According to the Rays, the center fielder is day to day.

"Desmond's fine," manager Joe Maddon said after the game. "He could have continued to play. I saw him at second, he kind of hit the bag a little bit funny, so I did not want to take any chances. I had [outfield coach/bench coach] Davey [Martinez] talk to him, he put some ice on it, he's going to be fine."

Maddon doesn't think Jennings is likely to miss much time, if any at all. Even before the injury, Jennings wasn't scheduled to play on Sunday.

Jennings, 26, is projected to be the Rays' starting center fielder this season after serving as the team's left fielder in 2012.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.